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valentines day shortbread heart cookies with chocolate frosting on a cooling rack
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5 from 2 votes

Valentine's Heart Shortbread Cookies

Valentine's Day heart shaped shortbread cookies are fun to make this time of year and share with  friends and family. 
Prep Time1 hr 30 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time1 hr 45 mins
Course: Cookies
Cuisine: American
Servings: 3 -4 dozen, depending on size
Calories: 189kcal
Author: Mallory


  • 2 cups 4 sticks butter, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 cups quick cooking oats see note
  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips
  • Royal Icing for piping on sayings if desired


  • In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth and fluffy. Beat in the vanilla and almond extract. Stir in the oats, flour and salt and mix until well combined.
  • Roll out the dough to 1/4 inch thickness on a well floured surface. If the dough seems a bit sticky, refrigerate it for 30-60 minutes or until it firms up. How soft the butter is plays a huge role in how sticky the dough is.
  • Cut the cookies with a heart-shaped cookie cutter and place on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350° F for 12-15 minutes or until lightly browned.
  • As soon as the cookies come out of the oven, sprinkle 6-8 chocolate chips on top. Let them melt and then spread with and offset spatula or knife. Let cool completely on wire racks.
  • Use royal icing to pipe conversation heart saying onto the cookies if desired. Store tightly covered. These cookies freeze well for several weeks.


The oats must be quick cooking. If you only have old fashioned rolled oats, you can pulse them a few times in the blender to chop them up and use, but using rolled oats are too big to easily make cutout cookies.


Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 189kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 103mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g